The Trumpeters at Crystal

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Clifford Dupuis

Nicely captured with great detail. I like the composition, well done

Heather Mellon

Thank you Clifford, always appreciated. I got pretty lucky on the composition, they made it very easy for me :)

Debra Plett

What a beautiful family and shot Heather. I am glad you were able ito get a shot of them all together. This overhead shot really does show them off nicely, it appears that they are looking at something below them. Truly sad that two of them did not survive the storm, hopefully the others are strong enough to make it south through all the challenging weather.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Debra, always appreciated. In spite of the signs to not do so I think someone had tossed peas into the water so they were probably looking for more. Looking back I'm just happy to have this last photo of all six cygnets together. Bad weather and power lines seem to be among the greatest hazards.. I so hope the final four will make out okay together with the adults.

Yves Langlois

Beautyful shot at your beloved white swan. This shows well the difference between the adult and the youngs. Also appreciate your writer talent on a nice story about your favorite birds.

Heather Mellon

Thank you Yves and much appreciated. In spite of the awkward angle on this shot I was happy with the detail it provided and especially that they all fit into the frame. This is a very special image for me since it's the last one I got of all six cygnets together.

The two adults and six cygnets were right beneath the dock as I clicked away trying to get my best angle and hoping for a little better view of them. They were on the move that day and I only had a few minutes to photograph them from the pier directly above before they headed across the lake. Tragically two of the cygnets were killed in a severe wind storm that struck the area a week ago. They were working very hard at learning to fly and it's believed they must have struck the water very hard and suffered fatal injuries. Hopefully the remaining four cygnets will make out okay, it's only another month before they will have to be ready to migrate.
Taken By
Heather Mellon
Taken On
September 25, 2023
trumpeter swan family with six cygnets on crystal lake ab animal bird outdoors water nature waterfowl plant vertebrate watercourse
  • Focal: 22
  • Shutter speed: 0.005 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 7.1

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